The new website sholemaleichem.org considers the life and work of the great Yiddish writer on his hundredth "yortsayt." Sholem Aleichem biographer Jeremy Dauber and filmmaker Sam Ball, driving forces behind the site, talk about the project's use of exciting multimedia and interactive resources, and about the writer's formidable legacy and the sometimes surprising ways his work continues to influence contemporary culture. The Yiddish Book Center is a collaborator on the site. Episode... Topics: Tune in!, Jeremy Dauber, Sam Ball, Lisa Newman, Sholem Aleichem
May 6, 2016byRiverside Films for the Yiddish Book Center
Recorded live at the Yiddish Book Center on the hundredth anniversary of the death of Sholem Aleichem, two of the world's most engaging Yiddish scholars - Ruth R. Wisse, recently retired from Harvard, and her brother David Roskies, of Hebrew University and the Jewish Theological Seminary - retell, discuss, and debate their favorite Sholem Aleichem stories in a lively, freewheeling conversation. Topics: Sholem Aleichem, Yiddish Book Center, Ruth Wisse, Ruth R. Wisse, David Roskies, Yiddish literature,...
Over his career, Yiddish writer Isaac Bashevis Singer worked with dozens of female translators, with whom he developed close - and often complicated - relationships. Filmmaker Asaf Galay talks about his documentary "The Muses of Bashevis Singer," which includes interviews with a number of those women, and about the writer's particular approach to translating his work for an English-reading audience. Episode 0113 April 18, 2016 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts Topics: The Shmooze, Lisa Newman, Asaf Galay, Isaac Bashevis Singer, translation
Author and scholar Ilan Stavans talks about his latest book, "The New World Haggadah," a contemporary take that focuses on the Jewish experience from Moses to the Americas, and discusses why a multicultural, multilingual "Haggadah" is so important for today's seder. Episode 0112 April 6, 2016 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts Topics: The Shmooze, Lisa Newman, Ilan Stavans, "The New World Haggadah", multicultural...
As journalists writing in the wartime Polish ghettos, Peretz Opoczynski and Josef Zelkowicz captured the anxiety and uncertainty of daily life for Jews with breathtaking immediacy. Professor Sam Kassow, coeditor of "In Those Nightmarish Days," a collection of their work recently published by the Yiddish Book Center's New Yiddish Library, discusses the important contributions the two men's reporting make to our understanding of this place and time. Episode 0111 March 15, 2016 Yiddish... Topics: Tune in!, Lisa Newman, Sam Kassow, Warsaw ghetto, Lodz ghetto, Peretz Opoczynski, Josef Zelkowicz,...
Last summer, educators from around the country came to the Yiddish Book Center for our inaugural Great Jewish Books Teacher Workshop, where they worked together to develop curricula to bring modern Jewish literature and culture into their classrooms. Here, three of those teachers tell us what brought them to the workshop and how the program will shape their teaching. Episode 0110 December 30, 2015 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts Topics: Tune in!, Lisa Newman, Rabbi J.B. Sacks, Ariana Katz, Barbara Ellison Rosenblit, Great Jewish Books...
Though it has a long and varied history, the town of Oswiecim, Poland, is notorious for one thing: Auschwitz. Yet for centuries prior to World War Two, Jews and non-Jews lived side by side there. Shiri B. Sandler, curator of the exhibit "A Town Known as Auschwitz"--now at the Yiddish Book Center--discusses the rich history of the town and its Jewish residents from the sixteenth century through the post-war period. Episode 0109 December 10, 2015 Yiddish Book Center Amherst,... Topics: Tune in!, Lisa Newman, Shiri Sandler, Auschwitz Jewish Center, Museum of Jewish Heritage, Oswiecim
Tina Wasserman, author of "Entree to Judaism: A Culinary Exploration of the Jewish Diaspora" and "Entree to Judaism for Families: Jewish Cooking and Kitchen Conversations with Children," visits with us to discuss some traditional Hanukkah recipes and the histories behind them. Episode 0108 December 7, 2015 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts Topics: Tune in!, Lisa Newman, Tina Wasserman, Jewish Food, "Entree to Judaism", Hanukkah
At the Great Jewish Books Summer Program, high school students spend a week at the Yiddish Book Center delving into both classic and new works of modern Jewish literature. Two members of the Great Jewish Books class of 2015 talk about the engaging conversations they had in class, the fun of bonding with other students with shared interests, and the surprising things they discovered about the literature and themselves. Episode 0107 November 15, 2015 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts Topics: Tune in!, Leila Ullmann, Jared Stolove, Lisa Newman, Great Jewish Books, education, modern Jewish...
In 1938, Fania Lewando, the chef and owner of a popular vegetarian restaurant in Vilna, Lithuania, published hundreds of her recipes - from traditional Jewish dishes to vegetarian versions of holiday staples - in a cookbook. Culinary anthropologist Eve Jochnowitz tells us how the book was rediscovered decades later and how she came to translate it from the original Yiddish, making its delicious contents available for the first time to English-speaking cooks. Episode 0106 November 4, 2015... Topics: Tune in!, Eve Jochnowitz, Lisa Newman, Fania Lewando, "Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook", Jewish...
Filmmaker Erik Anjou's latest documentary, "Deli Man," tells the story of third-generation deli man Ziggy Gruber. In our conversation with Anjou, he tells us about the film, which also profiles other iconic delis and their owners; the place of the delicatessen in Jewish tradition; and what inspires people like Ziggy to keep that tradition alive. Episode 105 September, 2015 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts Topics: Erik Anjou, Deli Man, Jewish delicatessen, Yiddish Book Center podcast, Lisa Newman, Ziggy Gruber
For much of the twentieth century, the Red Apple Rest offered respite to countless weary vacationers traveling Route 17 between New York City and the resorts of the Catskills. Elaine Freed Lindenblatt, daughter of the iconic restaurant's founder, talks about "Stop at the Red Apple," her new memoir of that time and place. Episode 104 July, 2015 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts Topics: Stop at the Red Apple, Tune in!, Elaine Freed Lindenblatt, Yiddish Book Center's Tune in!, Lisa...
Saul Dreier and Ruby Sosnowicz's recently founded Holocaust Survivor Band has become an overnight sensation. Dreier and Sosnowicz took time out of their touring schedule to tell us how they returned to music late in life - and how this is all playing out. Episode 103 June, 2015 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts Topics: Holocaust Survivor Band, Saul Dreier, Ruby Sosnowicz, klezmer band, Jewish music, Tune in!, Yiddish...
Curator Eddy Portnoy shares the story behind "Yiddish Fight Club," a new exhibit at YIVO about Jewish boxers and wrestlers. The exhibit looks at the rich, if surprising, history of Jewish brawlers and the colorful Yiddish slang of that world. Episode 102 June, 2015 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts Topics: Eddy Portnoy, Yiddish Fight Club, Jewish boxers, Jewish wrestlers, Tune in!
Aaron Lansky visits with Mark Glickman, author of the upcoming "Stolen Words: The Nazi Plunder of Jewish Books." Glickman shares the story of how the world's largest collection of Jewish books - some tens of millions - were looted by Nazi soldiers and others who removed them from private collections, libraries, and institutions. Episode 101 May, 2015 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts Topics: Tune in!, Yiddish Book Center's podcast, Mark Glickman, Aaron Lansky, "Stolen Words: The Nazi...
We visit with photographer Marisa Scheinfeld to talk about her work chronicling the ever-evolving landscape of the Borscht Belt. The resulting work, "Echoes from the Borscht Belt: Contemporary Photographs by Marisa Scheinfeld," documents the dramatic decline of the resorts of New York's Catskills region. The exhibit is on display in the Yiddish Book Center's Brechner Gallery through October 2015. Episode 100 April, 2015 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts Topics: Tune in!, Yiddish Book Center, Lisa Newman, Marisa Scheinfeld, Borscht Belt
Award-winning children's book author and artist (and native Yiddish speaker) Uri Shulevitz's illustrious career has included illustrating classic Yiddish children's tales by Sholem Aleichem, Isaac Bashevis Singer, and I.L. Peretz. A retrospective of Shulevitz's work is now on exhibit at our neighboring Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Episode 99 April, 2015 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts Topics: Uri Shulevitz, children's books, Yiddish stories, illustration, Lisa Newman, Tune in!, Yiddish Book...
Jeff Gabel, founder of the Boston-based Kitchen Kibitz, tells us about his pop-up dinner project, which explores modern takes on Jewish cuisine. Gabel, an alumnus of our Tent: Food NYC, was recently named to Zagat's "30 Under 30" list of "rock stars" redefining Boston's dining industry. Episode 098 April, 2015 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts Topics: Yiddish Book Center, Tune in!, Lisa Newman, Jeff Gabel, Kitchen Kibitz, Jewish food
In his new documentary, "Streit's: Matzo and the American Dream," director Michael Levine profiles the last family-owned matzo company in the U.S. and the integral role it's played for almost a century in its Lower East Side neighborhood. The film's release this spring coincides with a bittersweet development: the company's decision to leave the old neighborhood for a new suburban site. Episode 097 March, 2015 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts Topics: Tune in! Yiddish Book Center, Streits Matzo, Streits Matzo and the American Dream, Michael Levine,...
For more than thirty years, Murray Spiegel and his longtime friend Rickey Stein have been on a quest to translate the Four Questions of the Passover seder into as many languages as possible, recording people from around the globe as they ask the questions in their native language. On this episode of Tune In!, Spiegel tells us about the project and the book that resulted from it: "300 Ways to Ask the Four Questions: From Zulu to Abkhaz." Episode 96 March, 2015 Yiddish Book Center... Topics: The Four Questions, Murray Spiegel, Tune in!, Lisa Newman, Passover
Jeremy Cowan tells us how he combined his love of craft beer and of Jewish culture and literature to create his Shmaltz Brewing Company. Episode 95 March, 2015 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts Topics: He'Brew, Shmaltz Brewing Company, Jewish beer, Tune in!, Lisa Newman, Yiddish Book Center
Ruth Behar, an anthropologist from the University of Michigan, talks to Adela Dworin, president of the Jewish Community of Cuba in Havana. Last fall, Behar led a Yiddish Book Center tour to Cuba, where the group explored the Jewish history and culture in that nation, where an active Jewish community exists despite the fact that most Jews left after the revolution. Episode 094 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts Topics: Ruth Behar, Adela Dworin, Jewish Community of Cuba
We visit with Aaron Rezny and Jordan Schaps, co-authors of the newly published "Eating Delancey." The book celebrates the delis and restaurants of the Lower East Side - including Sammy's Roumanian Steakhouse, Russ & Daughters, Katz's Delicatessen, Yonah Shimmel Knish Bakery, and Ratner's - and the classic food they're known for, through photographs, recipes, profiles, and personal reminiscences from celebrities ranging from Joan Rivers to Itzhak Perlman, Donna Karan to Jerry... Topics: Eating Delancey, Jewish food, Aaron Rezny, Jordan Schaps, Jewish eateries
Last month at Tent: The South, we caught up with Macy Hart, director of the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute for Southern Jewish Life, who talked with us about the history of the Institute and the role Jews have played in southern history and culture. Episode 092 November, 2014 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts Topics: Tent: The South, Goldring/Woldenberg Institute for Southern Jewish Life
Aaron Lansky visits with Scott Davis, publisher of the recently released "Memories and Scenes: Shtetl, Childhood, Writers," an edition of newly translated stories by Yiddish writer Jacob Dinezon. Episode 091 November 2014 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts Topics: "Memories and Scenes: Shtetl, Childhood, Writers", Jacob Dinezon, Scott Davis
Painter Felix Lembersky resisted the strictures imposed by the state during the Soviet era to follow his own artistic inclinations, at great personal cost. Joel Berkowitz, director of the Sam and Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, talks about Lembersky's choices and his work, as the Yiddish Book Center hosts the traveling exhibit "Felix Lembersky: Soviet Form, Jewish Context," on exhibit in the Brechner Gallery through March 2015. Episode... Topics: Felix Lembserky, Soviet art, Joel Berkowitz
Three high-school students share what it's like to spend a week reading, discussing, and arguing about modern Jewish literature at the Great Jewish Books summer program. Episode 089 October, 2014 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts Topics: Great Jewish Books, Jewish literature, Yiddish Book Center
Former Vermont Governor and Ambassador to Switzerland Madeleine Kunin tells us about the Lost Shul Mural Project. An effort is underway in Burlington, Vermont, to save its historic synagogue mural, a unique example of Eastern European Jewish folk art. Episode 088 September, 2014 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts Topics: Lost Shul Mural Project, Madeleine Kunin, Burlington, VT Shul
During a visit with Yiddish Book Center Steiner Summer Yiddish Program students Liza Wohlberg, Zeev Duckworth, and Michael Yashinsky, we learn what drew them to study Yiddish, what they've learned at the summer program, and how they imagine Yiddish will play out in their future. Episode 087 September, 2014 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts Topics: Yiddish program, Steiner Summer Yiddish Program, Liza Wohlberg, Zeev Duckworth, Michael Yashinsky
For nearly thirty years Bess Selevan has been a zamler for the Yiddish Book Center. Over the years Bess has shipped over 3,600 books to the Yiddish Book Center. During our visit we learn what drew her to become a volunteer, what boxes she recommends for shipping, and much much more. Episode 086 August 2014 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts Topics: Zamler, collecting Yiddish books, Yiddish Book Center, Bess Selevan
Aaron Lansky visits with Professor Devin Naar to discuss Ladino, the Judaeo-Spanish language which was developed in parallel with Yiddish. We learn about the origins of the language and Naar's groundbreaking work collecting Ladino books. Episode 085 August, 2014 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts Topics: Ladino, Devin Naar, Ladino literature, Aaron Lansky, Tune In!
Dr. Mordkhe Schaechter: "Language Culture and Culture Language" (March 18, 1972) Part 1This recording is from the audio collection of the Jewish Public Library of Montreal and was digitized as part of the Yiddish Book Center's Frances Brandt Online Yiddish Audio Library. Topics: Jewish Public Library of Montreal, Mordkhe Schaechter
We visit with Myra Melamed, daughter of Yiddish singer Herschel Melamed, to learn about the recently produced CD, "Herschel Melamed: 18 Songs." - Episode 084 July, 2014 Yiddish Book Center Topics: Herschel Melamed, Yiddish songs, Tune in!
Curator Laura Kruger discusses the work of artist Nathan Hilu. Kruger is the curator of "Nathan Hilu's Journal: Word, Image, Memory" which is currently on exhibit in the Yiddish Book Center's Brechner Gallery. Hilu's work draws on biblical stories and his Lower East Side surroundings. Episode 083 June, 2014 Yiddish Book Center Amherst, Massachusetts Topics: Nathan Hilu, Laura Kruger, Jewish art, outsider art, Tune in!, Yiddish Book Center